Our Team

Julia Borst

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Romance Studies, University of Bremen




MA in Romance Studies and Economic Policy (U Freiburg)

PhD in Romance Literary Studies (U Hamburg).

Current research project:The Spanish Black Diaspora: Afro-Spanish Literature of the 20th and 21st Century” (funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), project N° 353492083).

Bio: Since 2018, deputy director of the Institute for Postcolonial and Transcultural Studies (INPUTS) of U Bremen. 2019 Sibylle Kalkhof-Rose Academy Prize for the Humanities. 2016 Berninghausen Prize for outstanding teaching. Author of a book on violence and trauma in contemporary Haitian novels (Gewalt und Trauma im haitianischen Gegenwartsroman: Die Post-Duvalier-Ära in der Literatur. Tübingen: Narr, 2015) and articles in peer-reviewed journals such as The French ReviewFrench StudiesThe Journal of Haitian StudiesResearch in African LiteraturesOpen Cultural StudiesTydskrif vir Letterkunde.

Research Interests: Afroeuropean studies, diaspora and migration studies, Caribbean literatures, postcolonial and decolonial theory, decolonial feminism, violence and trauma in literature.

Email/Contact: borst@uni-bremen.de

Gisela Febel

Professor of Romance Studies and Literature at the University of Bremen




Education: After studying Romance languages, philosophy and German literature (U Stuttgart, Lausanne CH), she received a doctorate with her thesis focusing on myth in the French novel of the 20th century using the example of Robbe-Grillet and habilitated with a study on poetics and rhetoric around 1500.

Current Research Projects:
— Management of the research project Transatlantic Circulation and Transformation of Ideas: The Effect of the Enlightenment in the Newer Franco-Caribbean Literatures (DFG-Project of the University of Bremen and the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg)
— Various expert activities for Canada and Austria, the DFH, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation — DFG), etc.
— Editor of the series FOLIES: Forum Literaturen Europas (LIT, Hamburg) together with Romana Weiershausen (Saarbrücken)
—Holder of The Order of the French State for Cultural Merits: Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques

Bio: Since its initiation in 2014 she has been a founding member of the interdisciplinary and collaborative research platform “Worlds of Contradiction” at the University of Bremen. Beginning in 2019, she has been a spokesperson for the “Plural Knowledge Forms” division. She has managed an international research project called “Origins of Modernity” in collaboration with the Center for Cultural Studies and Cultural Theory of the University of Stuttgart and the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris as well as associated partners in Vienna, Paris, Bern, and Neuchâtel.

Research Interests: Postcolonial and francophone literature, contemporary fiction and poetry, early modern literature, modern theories, transcultural studies, and transmedial issues of aesthetics.

Email/Contact: febel@uni-bremen.de

Linda Maeding

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Germanic Studies, University of Bremen


MA in Comparative Literature (U Mainz)

PhD in Comparative Literature and German Philology (U Mainz / U Barcelona).

Current Research Project: “Latin America as European Utopia. Communities and Unstable Orders” (funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), project n° 404354183)

Bio: She was a DAAD assistant at U La Habana as well as a DAAD visiting professor at U of Barcelona (2008-2013) and is a member of the Department of German Philology at U Complutense (Madrid) since 2017. One of the founding members of the interdisciplinary research lab “Digital diaspora” (funded by the collaborative research initiative “Worlds of Contradiction”, U Bremen). Coeditor of: Utopie im Exil. Literarische Figurationen des Imaginären (Transcript, 2017). Articles in German Life and Letters, Oxford German Studies, Arcadia, The German Quarterly, Revista de Filología alemana, Anuari de Filologia. Literatura Contemporàniès.

Research interests: Exile and migration literatures, postcolonial German studies, Utopian studies, Hispanic-German literary relations.

Email/Contact: maeding@uni-bremen.de


Associated Members:

Shola Adeneken

Assistant Professor at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam.